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  •  Eugene in Oregon has a point (1+ / 0-)
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    Of course they are not "trying to fix it" for the better.

    However, putting politics back into it -- the optics they are giving it is that it needs to be fixed.

    And "it has to get fixed" implies acceptance.

    And "acceptance" means public approval of Obamacare will go up.  And that screws up the GOP even more.

    I see a somewhat-similar parallel to the jump in public approval of Obamacare in the days immediately following the Supreme Court's upholding its constitutionality.  Nothing really changed except "validation"

    So too, here.  By even just falsely claiming that they want to fix it, they are in actuality, validating it in the eyes of the public.

    •  Inviting sabotage (0+ / 0-)

      There's nothing the GOP can do to halt the public's growing acceptance of the ACA, for their position is simply strategically weak. Because the GOP greatly lost political ground on this from the highly visible defeat they suffered in directly attacking the ACA, they really have no viable strategic alternative to appearing to accept it - for now. In the meanwhile, Dems. treating Republicans offers to 'fix' the ACA as though in good faith would be to invite sabotage. That kind of help the country doesn't need.

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